Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu has participated on Thursday in Warsaw in the Romania-Poland-Turkey three-party meeting with his counterparts Witold Waszczykowski and Mevlut Cavusoglu, with whom he talked about the security challenges in the region, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed.
The consultations focused on the preparations of the forthcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8 and 9 July, the three officials stressing the importance of strengthening the collective defence, as well as the consolidation of the eastern flank in relation to the security challenges in the region, also by ensuring a strong, credible NATO presence in the region.
“The three-party remains an important forum of consultations on a regional level, reflecting the convergence of stances and the will of acting together to increase attention upon the security preoccupations of our countries,” said Lazar Comanescu, quoted by the MAE release.
The Romanian chief diplomat expressed his belief that the NATO Summit’s results will reconfirm the unity and cohesion in front of the security challenges, irrespective of their source, in a multidimensional approach, in accordance with the principle “28 for 28.” The Romanian minister added that ensuring a NATO presence on the territory of the Eastern allies is essential, thus emphasizing the complementarity of the Northern and Southern dimensions of the Eastern flank.
Minister Comanescu stressed the strategic importance of the Black Sea for the Euro-Atlantic security and pleaded for strengthening the NATO-EU cooperation and coordination and NATO’s relations with its Eastern partners.
The three ministers also exchanged opinions on the evolutions in the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood. Minister Lazar Comanescu emphasized the importance of developing the allied capabilities, in this respect an important place being reserved to the NATO missile defence system, a defensive project meant to counteract the threats of this type from outside the Euro-Atlantic area, says the MAE release.
At the Romanian minister’s initiative, the three officials have agreed that the next three-party meeting should take place in the second half of this year, in Romania.
The three-party consultations at the Foreign Affairs Ministries’ level in the Poland-Romania-Turkey format were initiated by Romania in 2012, starting from the convergence of the national approaches of a large number of topics, considering also the Strategic Partnerships sealed by Romania with the other two states. This format of consultations is informal and aims at exchanging opinions and at coordinating within NATO.
So far, six rounds of consultations took place on state secretaries level. The first one was in May 2012, on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Chicago. Other five rounds followed, in Bucharest (6 November 2012), Izmir (9-10 May 2013), Warsaw (26 May 2014), Bucharest (19 November 2014), and Ankara (12 April 2016).
The chairpersons of the Committees of Foreign Affairs of the three countries’ Parliaments have met three times, in Bucharest, Warsaw and Ankara.
ForMins Comanescu and Waszczykowski appreciate Romania-Poland strategic and security dialogue
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Lazar Comanescu on Thursday had talks with his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski on Thursday, as both officials participated in security consultations in the Poland – Romania – Turkey three-party format in Warsaw, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed Agerpres.
“The two ministers appreciated the consistency and pace of the Romanian-Polish bilateral dialogue, both on the political level and as regards the specialized collaboration; both components give substance and dynamism to the strategic partnership between the two countries, launched in 2009,” a MAE release reads.
According to the source, Comanescu and Waszczykowski have also reviewed briefly the implementation stage of the new Action Plan 2016 – 2020, signed by the two ministers on 21 December 2015 in Bucharest, a document incorporated in the Strategic Partnership.
“On this occasion, appreciation was expressed particularly for the dialogue on a strategic and security level, for the cooperation in infrastructure, culture and education, in the internal affairs, and for the economic cooperation,” the release adds.
The two top diplomats also exchanged opinions on the current evolutions on regional and European levels. “With reference to the migration problems, minister Lazar Comanescu stressed that Romania remains a partner acting solidarily on a European level; he recalled the support granted by our country to solving the current crisis, including by a substantial contribution to the FRONTEX,” the document states.
The two officials also talked about the situation in the Eastern neighbourhood. The Romanian minister presented the recent evolutions in the bilateral dialogue with the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and insisted on the need to maintain the Eastern neighbourhood among the European Union’s priorities.
Lazar Comanescu and Witold Waszczykowski also inaugurated the Polish-Romanian Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the release adds.